Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Revolution is digitized - CHE


So this album will be
about revolution
& you will hear exactly
what that revolution is
in the album

Monday, March 31, 2008

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?! Hell to the Naw...

A writer, a leader, a spokesperson, an activist, a daughter, and warrior woman... Donna Donore is shouting loud:

With a myspace page dedicated to the land of Haiti and it's people, truth telling, and education - this freedom fighter not only keeps her myspace folks up to date on the happenings worldwide, but lets folks know that there's more to sistas than just a pretty face.

Born and raised in the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Ms. D
onore is a Moorish Southern Italian Woman and proud of it. "I am a student and admirer of African, African American and Haitian history," she says. With fire in her belly, and information hanging on her hip like John Wayne's gun, this woman inspires others to seek truth, stand up for humanity, and live a life remembering that we all share the same sky.

This entry is a big up to the sisters worldwide.

"I could what you do, EASY! Believe me
Frontin' niggaz gives me heebe-geebes
So while you imitatin' Al Capone
I be Nina Simone and defecating on your microphone"
— Lauryn Hill, "Ready or Not"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The revolution begins when you open your mouth...

We've all seen the food pyramid at some point. I remember seeing it as early as elementary school and being told to eat mostly starches in my diet. It was part of the curriculum for public school children nationwide at some point - eat meals based on the servings suggested on "the pyramid."

What I didn't know as a little one was that the the guidelines formed the basis for the school lunch program and other federal nutrition programs impacting hospitals, nursing homes, the military and everyday consumers; and the $500 billion food industry is vitally concerned with how that chart looks.

With society's growing knowledge of personal health and well-being and the shift toward "eating to live," in 2005 the USDA made changes and MyPyramid was born. In a departure from the food guide pyramid, no foods are pictured on the MyPyramid logo itself. Instead, colored vertical bands represent different food groups. Additionally, the logo emphasizes physical activity by showing a person climbing steps. The food guide pyramid gave recommendations measured in "serving sizes," which some people found confusing. MyPyramid gives its recommendations in cups, ounces, and other measures. The food guide pyramid gave a single set of specific recommendations for all people. In contrast, MyPyramid has 12 sets of possible recommendations.

This had food industry folk in a frenzy. The slightest change in the recommendations can mean enormous increases in sales or calamitous drops in profits. The Dairy Council lobbies for an increase in the daily recommendations for dairy products while the American Millers’ Association and the U.S. Potato Board defend their economic interests against the low-carbohydrate craze. Similarly, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association, the Snack Food Association, the California Walnut Board, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, and many more are burn the midnight oil, shake some hands, and sign sweetheart deals to insure their place in the food industry's version of The Wire.

Unsurprisingly, the recommended intake of 5 or more cups daily of fruits and vegetables is more than double the World Health Organization recommendation of 400g (about 0.9 lb.) and considerably greater than the UK's National Health Service recommendations.

Interestingly, Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, one of the world’s leading nutrition scientists and his colleagues designed their own pyramid. Based entirely on the scientific evidence, Harvard’s health pyramid It also recommends the regular consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or spirits) for all adults unless there is good reason for them not to drink. (Ha!) The Healthy Eating Pyramid places exercise at the foundation, with a multi-vitamin and "white" foods included in its dietary shuffle.

So... there's the Vegan Food Pyramid, the Vegetarian Food Pyramid, Cultural/Ethnic Food Guide Pyramids, and on and on.

As an Architect of Rebellion in the Hood, I'd say get brain food, get spiritual food, drink water, pray over your meal (making sure to thank all the hands who made it possible for you to eat and requesting your cells and systems be still to insure the highest level of nutritional intake), eat that which gives you long lasting energy and was prepared with care and love for YOU, get your Qi (Ch'i) up, spend time with the kids, and identify your purpose.

And definitely, definitely - REBEL!

What I've got to say is "REBEL!"

Ahhh, but what do I know?!

Friday, March 28, 2008

My God

K'Naan = TRUTH

oh.... so who's hard?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Big Brother is Watching FOR REAL!

1984, by George Orwell is arguably one of the best pieces of literature in modern times. Chock full of prophesies into today and our near future, it provided us with language used in popular culture (i.e. Big Brother, doublethink). If you haven't read it... cop it!

"It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same—everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another's existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same—people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world." —pg 181, 1984

So check it...


Allegedly this is a picture of a crack deal caught using the "Street View" feature on Google Maps. It's in Chicago. Now why everyone is jumping to the conclusion that this is some kind of drug deal is beyond me. I'm sure there's a logical explanation for the picture that doesn't involve illicit substances, and I think this is it: Somebody was lost, and pulled over for directions. The guy in the picture there knows the area really well, so he provided significant help. The driver was so happy about this that they tipped the man graciously with a handful of cash. See? Perfect sense. It's just a good Samaritan being handsomely rewarded. For selling the best rocks in Chicago.

See the real close-up picture of the deal after the jump.

"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." —pg 61, 1984 (referring the Proles)

Friday, March 21, 2008

poor people there is something for you

Damian Marley - One Loaf Of Bread (Something For You)

Video was shot and directed by Jason Goldwatch on location in Haiti and South Africa.

"Christ feed the multitude with only one loaf of bread
poor people there is something for you
don't let the pressures of the system get up on your head
poor people there is something for you
mankind care not for his sisters anymore
still there is something for you
written in the book of life
we shall live forever more
there will be something for..."

thank you Damian!

The Roots Crew - Rebelling!

"Get Busy," (feat. Dice Raw, Peedi Crakk & DJ Jazzy Jeff), directed by Rik Cordero
Ripped off Lichiban Blossom's Blog.

we represent Illadelph
we're still rebelling




"75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)," directed by Rik Cordero... again

I'm a rebel
a renegade
must stay paid